On Saturday, I attended the North Texas Book Festival for the second year in a row, and it was even more fun this year than it was last year. I had several friends there and I was privileged to make the acquaintance of even more wonderful readers and writers.
I may have come home with one or two new books…
Hey, it’s networking.
Currently, I’m in the middle of reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova. I loved the movie, so I’ve really been looking forward to reading the book. The thing is, however, I’m so, so, so excited to start reading all my new books that I got on Saturday that I’m finding myself kind of speed-reading through Still Alice in order to get to my new ones. There’s something so special and remarkable about reading books that have been produced and published by the author themselves, especially authors you’ve met in person and who’ve shared their personal stories and experiences. The best way to get to know an author is to read their book. And I can’t wait to dive in.
I know I’m also an independent author, so what I’m about write may sound a bit self-congratulatory and egotistical, but I am so proud of the work I’ve done, and I’m so proud of my colleagues for their dedication and passion. There’s this stigma that independent publishing is the “easy way out.” Let me tell you now, there is nothing easy about taking matters into your own hands and learning skills that you never thought you would need practically overnight. Independent publishing is real work, work that I would never have even considered if I didn’t truly believe that my books were worth sharing. This is why I say three cheers for all my fellow indie authors. You do not believe in limitations. You will not accept no for an answer. You conquered your own mountains, you made your own dreams come true. I am so honored to be in your company. And I can’t wait to read your books.